The Speed limit in Gore
Speed limit reduction in Gore
By law No 229
During the summer, the municipality decided to reduce speed limits of many roads within its territory to 40 km/h (except of course on Highway 329, which is under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Transport). Following a trial period, the municipality readjusted the speed limits by restoring the speed on Breamar Road and on part of Cambria Road (from Scott Road to Mille-Isles) to 50 km/h. In addition, a 30 km/h speed zone was applied on Cambria Road between its intersection with Rodgers Road and Highway 329.
This document explains the municipality’s approach regarding speed limits within its territory.
Please, keep in mind that excessive speed is known as a leading causes of road accidents. The table below, based on data from the Société de l'Assurance Automobile du Québec (SAAQ), shows that 37% of personal injuries occur on roads situated in residential areas and 16% occur in rural and forest areas.
Many studies claim that increasing speed increases the risk of collision and the severity of resulting injuries. On all types of roads, in both urban and rural areas, a 10% reduction in speed results in a 32% reduction of fatal collisions and a 15% reduction of serious and minor injury collisions.
According to the SAAQ website, it is estimated that in Québec speeding was the cause, on average, for:
- 175 deaths (38% of the annual number of deaths)
- 645 serious injuries (32% of the annual number of serious injuries)
- 8150 minor injuries (21% of the annual number of light injuries)
Several factors explain the links between speed and the risk of collision. First, the faster a driver goes, the lower the peripheral field of vision (see Figure 1). Thus, a driver going too fast may not see a child who is about to cross the street.
As speed increases, stopping visibility distances increase: this distance more than doubles between 30 km/h and 50 km/h. Thus, the driver of a car traveling at 30 km/h will need 30 meters to stop as opposed to 62 meters if he drives at a speed of 50 km/h (see Figure 2). These stopping distances are even greater for trucks and buses. In general, a lower initial speed allows a driver to avoid colliding with a pedestrian crossing the roadway. The higher the speed, the greater the risk of collision.
The collision speed has a major impact on a pedestrian victim: when the speed of a collision is 30 km/h, the probability of a pedestrian dying from the impact is in the order of 10%; at 50 km/h, it exceeds 75%. This is illustrated in Figure 3, shown below.
Increasing the safety of all road users
In Gore, as elsewhere, there are many road users. Cyclists, pedestrians and motorists share the roads and our goal is to improve the safety of all users. Not only does excessive speed increase the risk of injury and death for pedestrians and cyclists, it also reduces their sense of security. The feeling of insecurity is linked, among other things, to perceived speed and can increase particularly among children, the elderly and the disabled. As for cyclists, 52% say they have little or no safety when riding a bicycle along roads. The main factors mentioned are the fact that motorists do not pay attention to bicycles (40% of respondents), the lack of bike paths (22% of respondents) and the speed of drivers (18% of respondents). In summary, the speed of motorized vehicles as well as the presence and general quality of pedestrian and cycling facilities influence walking and cycling practices.
Preserve the calm of all
The municipality also hopes that reducing the speed limits throughout the territory will contribute to greater tranquility for all. Decreasing speed reduces the noise associated with car and truck traffic (see table below).
The village at 30 km/h
On Cambria Road, between the 329 and the corner of Rodgers Road, the speed was reduced to 30 km/h. Several municipal, community buildings and infrastructures including the mailboxes at the corner of Rodgers Road, the Municipal Park, the daycare, the dog park, the fire station, the municipal office, the church and finally the community center Trinity, are located within this 1 km stretch of road. This is the area where there is the most traffic and pedestrians. In a recent accident near the municipal office, a pedestrian was unfortunately injured by a car. We hope the speed reduction will increase the safety of all users.
The time actually lost
For example, Scott Road is about 5 km. To travel 5 km at 50 km/h, it takes 6 minutes. At 40 km/h, it takes 7 minutes 30 seconds. It will take 1 minute 30 seconds more to cover 5 km at a speed of 40 km/h rather than at a speed of 50 km/h. For Lac Chevreuil Road, which is approximately 6 km long, the difference in time between the two speeds is 1 minute and 48 seconds.
In a tight-knit community like ours, all residents, pets and wildlife deserve 1 minute and 30 minutes to ensure their safety.
Several road works will take place in the coming weeks on the territory
Week of August 3: correction of the profile of Braemar road. This work will take place over 3 weeks. The road will never be closed to traffic during the works.
from August 4, 2020: sheathing work on the Stephenson culvert at the entrance to Lac Robert. The maximum duration of the work will be 23 days. The road will never be closed to traffic during the works.
from August 17, 2020: replacement of cross culverts on Morrison, Beattie, Pinsons, Lac Grace (2) roads.
from August 31, 2020: road repair work on Chemin du Lac Hughes
from September 7, 2020: crack treatment work on municipal asphalt roads (Scott, Lac Chevreuil, Cascades, Tamarac, Braemar, Stephenson, Beattie).
Don Pressé - Foreman of Public Works - p. 3522
Mark Fletcher - Operator
Julien Després - 10 wheeler driver
The public works team is made up of 3 employees of the Public Service Union.
These perform the following tasks:
- Maintenance of approximately 75 km of roads and roads, ditches and shoulders
- Culvert replacement and maintenance
- Installation of new culverts on public roads during new construction
- Blasting to widen paths when required
- Clearing public roads from fallen trees or other debris during storms
- Minor repair of asphalt
- Cleaning and sweeping asphalt roads
- Maintenance of road signs and streetlights
- Maintenance of the park and green spaces, the chalet, the ice rink and games for children
- Some maintenance work on the buildings and infrastructure of the municipality
This department has a garage to store and maintain these pieces of equipment either; a tractor, a dump truck (10 wheels) and a backhoe.